Oct 5-11-08 Persistence Determination


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Oct 5-11

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Oct 5-11-08 Persistence Determination

  1. 1. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>There is a well-known local coach in Fullerton, California, whose thirty-five-plus years in athletics have been eminently successful. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>His incredible career in Southern California speaks for itself. When he was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, the sportswriter wanted to know his secret. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>What was it that made him so successful? Without hesitation Coach Sherbeck said that his credo could best be stated in words written by an anonymous author. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>Ever since he was a boy growing up in Big Sandy, Montana, he has lived by these words: </li></ul>
  5. 5. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>Press on; </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. </li></ul><ul><li>Talent will not; </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>Genius will not; </li></ul><ul><li>Unrewarded genius is </li></ul><ul><li>almost a proverb. </li></ul><ul><li>Education will not: </li></ul><ul><li>The world is full of </li></ul><ul><li>educated derelicts. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. </li></ul><ul><li>Coach Sherbeck had no quick and easy formula for success; he lives by his strong commitment to persistence and determination. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>Don't misunderstand. I have in mind being determined to accomplish what is right. When the objective is good and the motive is pure, there is nothing more valuable in the pathway leading to genuine success than persistence and determination. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>Following one's dream requires these disciplines. The thing that makes for greatness is determination, persisting in the right direction over the long haul, following your dream, staying at the task. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>Just as there is no thing such as instant failure, neither is there automatic or instant success. But success is the direct result of a process that is long, arduous, and often unappreciated by others. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>It also includes a willingness to sacrifice.... In our world of instant everything, these thoughts are not very popular. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Persistence & Determination <ul><li>If we really want to soar like an eagle, we must- keep on continually pursuing—we must keep on seeking. </li></ul><ul><li>(From Living </li></ul><ul><li>Above the Level of Mediocrity </li></ul><ul><li>by Charles Swindoll) </li></ul>
  13. 13. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Although Ezra had previously remained in Babylon compiling a historical record, he obtained permission to return to Jerusalem. He led the Jews to a spiritual renewal. </li></ul><ul><li>(Max Lucado Devotional Bible) </li></ul>
  14. 14. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>The skills that qualified Ezra to be a scribe were a detailed, technical knowledge of the Law and the ability to teach it. to others. </li></ul>
  15. 15. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Officials called scribes had been known during the monarchy, but they were mostly recorders and secretaries. </li></ul>
  16. 16. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>The era of scribes as custodians of the Law began on the return of the exiles to Palestine, with men like Ezra. (Word in Life Study Bible) </li></ul>
  17. 17. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Ezra's careful study of Scripture throughout his life enabled him to be an effective minister to those in need. </li></ul><ul><li>(Max Lucado Devotional Bible) </li></ul>
  18. 18. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>It is one thing to boldly proclaim what God can do. It is quite another to actually trust that God will do what He has promised. </li></ul>
  19. 19. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Ezra had been telling King Artaxerxes about the divine protection that God's people could expect. </li></ul>
  20. 20. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Ezra 8:22 NET I was embarrassed to request soldiers and horsemen from the king to protect us from the enemy along the way, because we had said to the king, </li></ul>
  21. 21. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>&quot;The good hand of our God is on everyone who is seeking him, but his great anger is against everyone who forsakes him.&quot; </li></ul>
  22. 22. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>But then he was allowed to lead a group of exiles back to Palestine. At that point, Ezra determined that he needed to demonstrate his faith by declining an armed escort. </li></ul>
  23. 23. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>The Persians must have thought the choice ludicrous. The route from Babylon to Jerusalem that Ezra selected followed the northern border of the Arabian Desert. </li></ul>
  24. 24. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>At 900 miles, it was shorter than the northern route through Aleppo and Hamath, but it was also more dangerous. </li></ul>
  25. 25. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Bandits and warring clans frequented the highway and its watering holes, waiting to ambush travelers and caravans. </li></ul>
  26. 26. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>To travel without soldiers virtually invited disaster, especially given the precious cargo that the group was carrying. Yet God rewarded the people's faith with an uneventful journey. </li></ul>
  27. 27. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Ezra 8:31 NET On the twelfth day of the first month we began traveling from the Ahava Canal to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from our enemy and from bandits along the way. </li></ul>
  28. 28. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>The trip took about four months to complete, averaging seven or eight miles per day. Such a relatively slow pace was perhaps due to the many children and elderly who made the journey. </li></ul>
  29. 29. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Ezra's courage is a challenge to God's people today to follow through on their statements of faith, especially when unbelievers are watching the outcome. </li></ul>
  30. 30. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>What good does it do to talk about trusting solely or primarily in God, only to abandon that position as soon as things get tough? </li></ul>
  31. 31. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>We need to act in a way that is consistent with the faith we proclaim. Was Ezra's decision to refuse an entourage of soldiers intended to be an unbreakable standard for all believers everywhere? </li></ul>
  32. 32. A Journey Of Faith <ul><li>Can God also use human help and protection to provide for His people? Nehemiah accepted a military escort. Was he acting with a lack of faith? </li></ul><ul><li>(Word in Life Study Bible) </li></ul>
  33. 33. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Leviticus 25:18 NET You must obey my statutes and my regulations; you must be sure to keep them so that you may live securely in the land. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>19 &quot; 'The land will give its fruit and you may eat until you are satisfied, and you may live securely in the land. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Joshua 23:6 NET Be very strong! Carefully obey all that is written in the law scroll of Moses so you won't swerve from it to the right or the left, </li></ul>
  36. 36. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Psalms 1:1 NET How blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, </li></ul><ul><li>or stand in the pathway with sinners, or sit in the assembly of scoffers! </li></ul>
  37. 37. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>2 Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD's commands; he meditates on his commands day and night. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Psalms 18:21 NET For I have obeyed the LORD's commands; </li></ul><ul><li>I have not rebelled against my God. 22 For I am aware of all his regulations, and I do not reject his rules. 23 I was innocent before him, and kept myself from sinning. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>2 Corinthians 8:7 NET But as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you — make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>James 1:25 NET But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out — he will be blessed in what he does. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Is there a specific goal you recently gave up? Reexamine your motive for doing so. Is it possible that you gave up too soon? </li></ul>
  42. 42. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Would God want you to persist? If so, recommit yourself to the task. Talk to a friend who can encourage you to reach your goal. </li></ul><ul><li>(Max Lucado Devotional Bible) </li></ul>
  43. 43. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Are we </li></ul><ul><li>WALKING the WALK , </li></ul><ul><li>or just </li></ul><ul><li>TALKING the TALK ? </li></ul>
  44. 44. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Perhaps it’s not realistic to think we could know the Scriptures as Ezra did, but, on the other hand, we have so much more written information in the Bible than he did. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>We have the very Words of Jesus, God the Son, The Redeemer of mankind. </li></ul><ul><li>He gave His life for us </li></ul><ul><li>and bore our sins </li></ul><ul><li>upon the cross. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>Do we dare take this so lightly by not reading His Word regularly? It should be our goal to know our Savior better than we know each other. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Excellence in Obedience <ul><li>We must strive to know him so well we can </li></ul><ul><li>Excel in Obedience. </li></ul><ul><li>How can we obey without knowing what He wants? </li></ul>